March 20, 2013

Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

A Shade of Vampire
by Bella Forrest
Paperback, 147 pages
Published December 14th 2012

On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.

An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

I read A Shade of Vampire in one sitting. It's very fast moving, and super entertaining. I liked the world Bella Forrest has created, and how dark it was.

The main character, Derek, was super swoon worthy and I loved his relationship with Sofia. Super romantic and sweet! I really enjoyed his character and feel he was written so well. I liked Sofia, but what I didn't like was her reactions to the world she gets pulled into. I get the author was trying to make her strong and brave, but I would have liked a little more emotion from her. It made it a little hard for me to connect with her at first. If I went through half of what Sofia did, I wouldn’t be as calm as she was. But once everything was said and done, and she was finally settled was when I was able to actually get a feel for her.

My issues with this book are that it was so good, but so short. It’s over a hundred pages, but Bella Forrest has such an amazing plot idea, great characters, but not very much development. It jumps into everything immediately, gives a little description, and then next scene. I would have liked things a little more dragged out. I could easily see this book becoming four hundred pages. There was so much room for a lot more. Forrest could have taken this way beyond.

Even with the issues I stated above, though, this book is still very enjoyable. I found myself swooning over both brothers, eventually loving Sofia, and wanting to read more in this series. Forrest entertained me from beginning to end. It just felt like something was missing, which is why I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. I will definitely be reading the next in the series.

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